“has been affected disproportionately by the global economic downturn”

BBC NI political editor Mark Devenport didn’t manage to get into the opening session of the Clinton Global Initiative. But, as evidenced in the Daily Mail, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams did. He’s on the list of “Government Officials” in the Featured Attendees section, along with, among others, a smattering of minor royals, a Saudi prince, a number of former presidents and prime ministers, including Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair, and the Israeli Defence Minister.. NI Secretary of State Shaun Woodward and UUP leader, and NI Executive Minister, Reg Empey are also listed. How many are fully paid-up members [$20,000 fee] rather than there on a complimentary invitation? The blurb for today’s discussion on investment for Northern Ireland is interesting, not least because it claims that NI “has been affected disproportionately by the global economic downturn.” Which is odd. I had thought that our over-reliance on the public sector was providing an additional cushion.. But then, I’m not an economist.Clinton Global Initiative blurb

NORTHERN IRELAND – BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE
Wednesday, September 23, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM ? New York West, 3rd floor
(Sign-up required)

Forged in 1998, the historic Good Friday peace accord has provided a backdrop for ongoing progress in Northern Ireland. A key factor in sustaining the momentum of recent years is economic growth, yet this region has been affected disproportionately by the global economic downturn. This session will discuss the factors necessary for Northern Ireland’s recovery by increasing its appeal to foreign investors, improving local business’s reach to markets in the U.S., and utilizing the talents of young people in the region through entrepreneurship. Discussions will also focus on how Northern Ireland’s successes can be an inspiration to other post-conflict economies throughout the world.

William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd President, United States of America; Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative
Peter Robinson, First Minister, Northern Ireland Assembly
Martin McGuinness, Deputy First Minister, Northern Ireland Assembly
Declan Kelly, Economic Envoy to Northern Ireland, U.S. Department of State
Shaun Woodward, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Micheál Martin, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Republic of Ireland

Adds About those successes.. Don’t neglect the anticipated destination. And listen to the cuckoos.